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Old November 7th, 2011, 01:20 PM   #1
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need historic old footage site

I am looking for some clips to complete a portion of a brief intro to a documentary that are historic/comical in nature. I am sure they are out there but hours of searching the web has turend up nothing but a migraine. Here are the type of clips I am looking for, preferably 1930s and older:

Piano movers moving a piano (used as a metaphor for modern logistics)
Scientist at a blackboard sketching formulas (used as metaphor for complex)
Old fashioned phone operators at switchboard (as metaphor for bad communications)

These can look very aged and dated....even a bit a silent movie if need be.

There is more but these would be a good start. Any ideas? I am in a bind and the alternative is to recreate these scenarios in modern times and try to make it look aged, which I would like to avoid.

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Old November 8th, 2011, 11:55 AM   #2
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You've tried Getty and Corbis and all the usual stock footage houses? These images are extremely common (or at least feel extremely familiar, almost to the point of being cliche; something to think about) and should be a two-second Google search.

I think the most famous piano-moving footage was from the classic Laurel & Hardy short, which if I recall correctly may have been called "The Music Box." But even if that title is incorrect, a search for Laurel & Hardy Piano will likely turn it up. Whether you can get the rights is another story.

I can't believe the other shots don't come up instantly in a search if you use the right terms.
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Old November 8th, 2011, 01:26 PM   #3
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Try these guys....

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Old November 9th, 2011, 11:09 PM   #4
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Try this and it may help - The Stock Footage Search Engine

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